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The shed is flat and deal breakers

November 4, 2012

Pictures now below. A long, productive day, with much removal of stored and salvageable wood, mostly walnut with some oak and a few cherry boards.

Another lovely beta reader heard from this week, and the comments taken to heart. That’s not always the same as directly applied, of course, but even in cases where I don’t change something, I think about the issue brought up by the reader. A lot. Sometimes the issue is something I’m aware of and which I’ve decided I like as is, even knowing some readers might prefer it be otherwise. Ideally of course MOST readers will like what I do, but one has to accept that not every word that one produces is going to work for every reader. As Lincoln said, or would have if he were a novelist and not a President, “You can entertain some of the readers all of the time, or all of the readers some of the time, but you can never satisfy the critics.”

That said, is there anything in the faerie story I would refuse to change, even if an agent were asking as a condition of representation, or an editor as condition of publication? I have talked to authors who walked away from publishing contracts because of requests that, when they described them, really did feel like deal breakers. The funny thing is, I suspect I have them, but I couldn’t tell you what they are. Partially it’s because the things someone might ask that I KNOW I would refuse to do seem so obviously wrong I can’t imagine anyone asking…but then, I’m sure that’s how the aforementioned walkaway authors felt too.

Perhaps a deal breaker is, like pornography, something you know when you see it, at least if you’re a Supreme Court Justice.

This is what happens when you hand a nine year old a crowbar.

Okay, the rest of the destructors were nearby.

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